CARE FOR YOUR TEETH AT EV­ERY AGE WHAT TO DO NOW TO AVOID PROB­LEMS LATER

A BRIL­LIANT SMILE IS EVERY­ONE’S BEST BEAUTY BOOST AND THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THERE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO COM­BAT THE CHANGES THAT COME WITH TIME…

Woman & Home - - Contents - DEN­TIST MARTINA SYRON IS PRIN­CI­PAL DEN­TIST AND OWNER OF MILLBANK DEN­TAL CARE SURGERY IN LON­DON.

SO­LU­TION TO RE­DUCE THE IM­PACT OF ACID IN FOOD IT’S IM­POR­TANT TO WAIT HALF AN HOUR TO BRUSH TEETH AF­TER EAT­ING OR DRINK­ING TO AL­LOW SALIVA THE CHANCE TO NEUTRALISE ACID. IF YOU BRUSH IM­ME­DI­ATELY AF­TER, SAY, DRINK­ING OR­ANGE JUICE, IT RUBS THE ACID IN, CAUS­ING ERO­SION. RIN RINSING WITH WA­TER OR EAT­ING A SMALL PIECE OF CHEESE AF­TER DRINK­ING WINE ALSO HAS A NEU­TRAL­IS­ING EF­FECT. IF YOU SUF­FER FROM MORN­ING SICKNESS IT’S IMPORTANTIMPORTAN TO RINSE TEETH REG­U­LARLY WITH WA­TER. A FLFLUORIDE FLUORIDE RINSE MAY H HELP AS WELL.

RISK HOR­MONAL CHANGES AND AN IN­CREASED IMMUNEIMMU RE­SPONSE IN PREG­NANT WOMEN MEANM THAT THE TINIEST BIT OF BACTERIABACT IN PLAQUE CAN CAUSE AN EX­AG­GER­ATED RE­SPONSE. PREG­NANCY GINGIVIT GINGIVITIS (GUM INFLAM IN­FLAM­MA­TION) CAN CAUSE SWELLING,

RED­NESS OF THE GUMS AND IN­CREASED BLEED­ING FROM LIGHT PRES­SURE. IF LEFT UN­TREATED, THIS CAN BE­COME A PREG­NANCY EPULIS; AN UN­SIGHTLY SWELLING BE­TWEEN THE TEETH.

SO­LU­TION AN EPULIS USU­ALLY SHRINKS NAT­U­RALLY BUT CAN TAKE UP TO A YEAR. SO PREVEN­TION IS BET­TER THAN CURE WITH REG­U­LAR HYGIENIST VIS­ITS AND CHECK-UPS DUR­ING PREG­NANCY, ES­PE­CIALLY IF YOU NO­TICE GUM BLEED­ING.

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